>> Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies has died at the age of 49. News of his death was announced on his official Facebook page. Troyer, one of the shortest men in the world appeared in dozens of films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Troyer was born with a achondroplasia dwarfism, a genetic disorder that caused him to stop growing just under three feet. The cause of death is still unknown, but the statement announcing his death said he had recently faced a time of adversity, and that depression and suicide are very serious issues.